Natty red-bricks in Naas
Finlay Park, Naas, Co Kildare Asking price: From €355,000 Agent: Dillon Marshall (New Homes) (01) 4967574
When the developer of Finlay Park was searching for inspiration for names of the house types at the new Naas scheme, he had his lightbulb moment on the bridges that cross the Grand Canal. The styles at the development are each called after a bridge, namely the Abbey, the Connaught and the rather lyrical-sounding Poolpuck.
Finlay Park, built by the Westar Group, is situated just off the canal walk and is linked to Main Street in Naas - one of Europe's fastest- growing towns - by the Abbey Bridge, an 18th-century stone bridge.
The estate of three- and four-bed family homes was first launched in September. Following the release of 15 properties, a second phase of 10 units is being unveiled this weekend, including a new detached Poolpuck style.
All the houses have private driveways paved with cobble-lock that can accommodate two cars. The drives are divided from the neighbours by iron railings and a small green space with shrubbery. There is a landscaped garden to the rear of each.
Prices for the Abbey, a three-bed semi-detached house style extending to 1,238 sq ft, start at €355,000. The four-bed version, the Connaught, has 1,540 sq ft and costs from €375,000. The new Poolpuck is a 1,600-sq ft four-bed detached home spread out over two floors and is priced from €450,000.
At the Abbey, the internal accommodation is spread out over two floors. On the ground floor, a set of double doors leads from the living room to an open-plan kitchen with breakfast bar and dining area. The kitchen/dining space is flooded with light, thanks to skylights in the vaulted ceiling. From here, patio doors open on to the back garden. Upstairs are three bedrooms, one ensuite, and a family bathroom.
The Connaught, meanwhile, is set over three floors. The layout on the ground and first floors is similar to that of The Abbey, but the additional floor houses a fourth bedroom with an ensuite and a separate storage area.
Interior finishes at Finlay Park include a contemporary-style feature staircase, a sealed wood-burning stove in the living room and a fitted and tiled kitchen. There are fitted wardrobes in all the bedrooms, though an allowance is also available to buyers who want to choose their own units. Purchasers will have a choice of paint colours for the internal walls.
The A-rated homes have higher- than-standard levels of thermal performance and airtightness. The low-energy, low-carbon dwellings at Finlay Park have solar panels on the roof that heat domestic water, which is then stored in a large cylinder, as well as high-performance, low-U value windows and external doors. A condensing gas boiler with multi-zone controls reduces energy wastage.
Purchasers at Finlay Park who commute will be a short drive from the M7 interchange. For non-motorists, there is a frequent Arrow rail service to Dublin from nearby Sallins that takes about 30 minutes.
Viewings will be held between 2pm and 4pm tomorrow and Sunday.